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Trekking Packing List for Tibet

Unlike most major destinations in the world, Tibet is extremely unique due its high elevation and isolation. A Tibet holiday is completely different from a Bali Getaway. The challenges of Tibet highland and limited supplies provided by guesthouses simply mean that preparation is key for any visitor. We have made a trekking packing list for Tibet so that first-time visitors can make the most of their stay. To abide by the old maxim of ‘travelling light’ wherever we go, we must bring the right stuff for the right occasion.

 

Toiletries

To many travelers, toiletries are as crucial as food! Whether you’re going for a sightseeing tour or trekking trip, toiletries rank high up anyone’s packing list for Tibet. Good toiletries will protect and refresh you accordingly throughout your strenuous journey.

 

  • Protect

*  Sun screen

The sun can feel exceptionally hot in Tibet so sunscreen (sun cream) is a must. The minimum SPF (sun protection factor) you should get is 15, although SPF 30 would be better. Get one that blocks UVA & UVB rays.

 

*  Insect Repellent

Some people simply attract more insects to themselves compared to others. If you’re one such individual, be sure to get one insect repellent just in case.

 

*  Moisturizer & Lip Balm

Depending on your skin condition and times of travel, moisturizer and lip balm can be a great help.

 

  • Refresh

*  During your trekking days, cleaning yourself and getting refreshed is one of the few activities you will be looking forward to. Ensure that you have all the necessities: towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, cup, soap, shampoo, wax, washing powder, and anything else that will get you ready to face the day and other people.

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Trekking Tools

When it comes to outdoor adventure such as trekking or hiking, it’s always better to be safe than to be sorry. The remoteness of most areas will almost reduce the possibility of getting any supplies outside of Lhasa to zero.

If you trek with our company, we will provide most of the trekking equipment such as sleeping bag, stove, water filter, trekking poles, lighting, tent, emergency shelter, oxygen tank and others.

However, it would be good to have these 2 items to help you out in times of need:

 

  • Duct tape

Any seasoned traveller would vouch for the usefulness of the simple duct tape. It’s a ‘fixing’ item that can almost fix any problem.

 

  • Knife (Swiss army knife)

We’ll never know what we will encounter in the outdoors. This is one useful item to cut or open things up.

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First Aid Supplies

If you’re on any kind of medication, this is something that cannot be overlooked.

Even if you have a clean bill of health, it’s still advisable to bring your preferred medication for common ailment: headache, stomach ache, flu, cold, fever, diarrhoea, body aches and so on. Lhasa does provide most of this over-the-counter medication but much more difficult outside it.

Although we would usually spend 2-3 days for acclimatization in Lhasa before going for our treks, it’s still wise to prepare some medication for high-altitude sickness. The symptoms and impact of high altitude sickness vary for each individual so it’s better to be equipped.

Also, bring some band aids in the event you get cuts and the likes.

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Clothing

Besides your passport, travel permits and cash, your clothing has got to be the most important item in your checklist. Bringing and wearing the right clothing will result in a much more enjoyable, trouble-free trekking trip. A packing list for Tibet, whatever the occasion might be, is not complete without covering this one important aspect.

 

  • Warm clothing & layers

In general, Tibet & Lhasa experience huge temperature drop between day and night. The difference in temperature could be as many as 20 degrees Celsius (from up to 30 degrees in the day to lower than 10 degrees at night).

So warm & winter clothing is a must. In addition, bring some gloves, sweaters, scarves, jacket / windbreaker, etc. Thermal shirts, pants and undergarments can be really useful to fend off the cold. When it comes to materials, go for those that are made of wool.

One good tip is to think of your clothing in terms of layers; putting on more when it gets cold and removing some when it starts to get warm.

 

  • Shoes

For trekking, we will be relying mostly on our feet and legs more than our hands. So it’s crucial that we wear comfortable and strong sports / hiking shoes.

If your trek extends beyond 3 days, we’d suggest that you get a pair of lightweight boots or shoes. Also, if you were to get a new pair of shoes, get one that’s waterproof / water-resistant.

To be safe, bring one other pair of trekking shoes as well as a pair of sturdy slippers / sandals to change into. Don’t forget a few pairs of good, warm socks.

 

  • Hats & Sunglasses

If the sun is your nemesis, bring along a hat and a pair of sunglasses to defend against the hot sun.

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Bag

Bringing the right bag for your Tibet trek can make or break your whole trip. An oversized luggage definitely doesn’t fit into any trekking itinerary while carrying too many small bags will hinder your mobility.

 

  • Backpack

A large backpack is the ideal bag for your Tibet trekking trip.

Besides a large backpack, bring a smaller bag where you can bring with you at all times, especially at times when you don’t need to carry the main backpack.

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Food & Drinks

Although our company provides and arranges for food and water throughout the trek, you should try to bring some on your own.

Carry at least 1 large personal water bottle with you. It’s extremely crucial to keep yourself hydrated at all times in the outdoor. You do not need to get a water filter, purifier or chemical treatment as we provide those.

For food, try to bring something extra so that you can replenish your energy whenever you need. Besides replenishing your energy, this extra food can help to keep your body warm at night. They can come in the forms of nuts, energy bars, dried fruits and others.

 

Other Add-Ons

Some other add-ons that you might want to consider are:

  • Universal travel adapter
  • Plastic / Ziploc bags
  • Torchlight (with extra batteries)
  • Whistle (to call for help in case of emergency)
  • Matches / fire-starter
  • Compass & map
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ear plugs
  • Wet wipes & tissue

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